The Blood of My Brother


Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
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  1. 75
    Combines an insider's perspective with what can only be described as gutsy cinematography.
  2. While the film loses focus along the way, it has enough moving and powerful moments to make it a worthy entry in an increasingly crowded genre.
  3. Reviewed by: Nathan Lee
    Though Mr. Berends strays too often, he does so down some compelling paths. His material is intimate and hair-raising, granting us rare access to scenes inside mosques, at a Shiite militia rally and in homes under fire.
  4. 70
    Much of the picture is exciting and terrifying.
  5. Reviewed by: Bill Gallo
    Their access is far broader than any TV network's, and in the end, they transcended the body counts and bland abstractions that characterize most Western reporting on the war.
  6. 67
    Whatever The Blood Of My Brother's journalistic weaknesses, it's valuable as yet another view of what may end up being the most thoroughly documented war ever waged.
  7. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Attempts at balance through interviews with unidentified U.S. soldiers is halfhearted at best. In the end, Berends sacrifices coherence for the sake of a story he's determined to tell, rather than focusing on the one that's practically telling itself.
  8. This at-times harrowing, occasionally unfocused film is a case study of one of hundreds, if not thousands, of stories of Iraqi civilians to whom the war has hit home and left holes in families. It makes you rue the most indelicate of all combat euphemisms - "collateral damage."

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